2007 Annual Report

Annual Report 2007 Martins Pond Association
c/o North Reading Town Hall
235 North St
North Reading MA 01864 Contacts:
Lida Jenney
Janet Nicosia

2007 Annual Report of the Martins Pond Reclamation Study Committee and the Martins Pond Association


As of December 31, the town-appointed Martins Pond Reclamation Study Committee (MPRSC) members were: Janet Nicosia, Lida Jenney, Paul Cameron, Kath Geoffrion Scannell, Larry Soucie, and Lori Lynes. Ann O’Hearn moved and was replaced by Lori Lynes. Scott Ronco did not elect to be re-appointed. The Martins Pond Association (MPA) has no official appointed committee, but has many active participants. In addition to those listed above, the following people are key members of the Association in planning and orchestrating events and fundraising: Cathy Bakinowski, Bob Burg, Harvey Card, Linda Card, Mike Daniels, Joyce Davis, Nicole Davis, Mary Jane Hallahan, Julie Knight, and Michael Scannell. Many others work at events throughout the year. Michael Scannell continues to serve on the Wastewater Planning Advisory Committee as the Martins Pond Association representative. Our Board of Selectmen liaison is Phil Dardeno.

Workshops/Conferences Attended:

Lida and Janet attended the Massachusetts Congress of Lake and Pond Associations annual meeting in January 2007. We network with the Ipswich River Watershed Association, the Headwaters Stream Team, Massachusetts Congress of Lakes and Ponds, and the New England Grassroots Environmental Fund.

Grants and Other Funds:

We were awarded a Chapter s. 319 Non Point Source Pollution Grant through Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP). This is another Town of North Reading DPW/ MPRSC/ Merrimack College collaboration. The net proceeds from DEP will be $286,000. Town meeting approved $100,000 in additional funding for the required town match in April. Work began on our project, named “Implementing Solutions: The Martins Pond Shoreline Restoration and Sedimentation Reduction Project” in July 2007 – a three year project. Shoreline restoration sites were visited around the state by Janet, Lida, Merrimack Professor Dr. Jon Lyon, and Parks Director Brian Wood.
This three year project consists of:

  • Structural stormwater improvements for catch basins and outfalls at Martins Pond including those on Traveled Way and Poplar Terrace so they contain less pollutants and sediment.
  • Rain garden at Clarke Park to stop sand erosion, capture runoff and educate the public about the use of landscaping as a pollutant reduction tool. As of 12/31/07, a rain garden was completed by Brian Wood at Clarke Park and designs for retrofit of 2 outfalls was completed and submitted to Conservation for review.
  • No wake zones/harvesting. Program is aimed to keep boats from sensitive areas and protect area around the boat ramp, establishing a clear boat access channel and protecting areas where shoreline repairs are being performed.
  • Outreach and Education Campaign including presentations, shoreline resident guide, ecological landscape workshop for residents, training in low impact development and Best Management Practices for decision makers.
  • Shoreline Home Owner Restoration Effort, (S.H.O.R.E.). Streamline permitting for fixing shoreline property, erosion controls, and native plantings on chosen shoreline parcels needing rehabilitation. Project will seek shoreline residents in most need and fund 60% of restoration costs.

Other Projects to Improve the Pond/Watershed:

Volunteers from the Martins Pond neighborhood and Merrimack College continued with our fifth release of the Galerucella Beetles into the wetlands south of Martins Pond to control Purple Loosestrife, an invasive species. The site at Fieldcrest is showing progress and we will continue this program going forward.

Pond area resident volunteers continue to read USGS stream gauges weekly to track water levels in the pond and its watershed area. The nine gauges record the water levels in feet above sea level so we can monitor for potential obstructions/ flooding problems. The Benevento culvert is checked once per week and we are actively supporting the removal of the old dam behind the J.T. Berry property. The results underscore the need for replacement of the aging and undersized culverts at Rt. 62 and within Benevento’s business property. We met with Charlie Benevento of Benevento Sand and Gravel several times about the culvert on his property and associated flooding. Town Engineer Mike Soraghan applied for an All Hazards Mitigation Grant to replace the bridge at Route 62 in Wilmington. Our application was not chosen, however, it was wait-listed. At printing, we are still awaiting word as to whether any projects on the wait-list will be funded. We continue to receive support on this issue from our legislators and Town Hall, and will continue to work towards final resolution.

Paul Cameron reports beaver activity to Town Engineer Mike Soraghan and assists in initiating trapping and breaching permits. Beaver trapping and dam breaching continues under emergency permitting and in-season trapping and the Town has been very proactive and successful in controlling the impact of beavers in locations where they cannot be tolerated.

Larry Soucie is working with Dr. Jon Lyon of Merrimack College on the SWMM model of watershed hydrology. Dr. Lyon completed an extensive water quality Diagnostic and Feasibility study of Martins Pond. This report was submitted to Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP), the Ipswich River Watershed Association, and is available via our website and at the Flint Memorial Library.


Kath Geoffrion Scannell created a non-point source pollution page on our website which is now linked on the Town of North Reading’s website. Lori Lynes worked on converting the PDF Beaver Manual to break down into chapters and Kath put it on our web page. Lori and Kath also worked to put the entire Diagnostic & Feasibility Study on our web page as well as the depth map created by Dr. Lyon from Merrimack College. Photos from our events are also updated regularly.

MPA Events/Fundraisers:

14th Annual Winter Festival (Saturday, Feb.10)

10th Annual Fishing Derby (Sat. July 14)

Summer Solstice Concert at Clarke Park with N. Reading Community Band (Thurs. June 21)

13th Annual Children’s Haunted Playground (Saturday, Oct. 20)

Bottle deposits to benefit MPA – drop off your returnable bottles and cans to the N.E. Beverage and Redemption Center anytime and request the money go to the Martins Pond account.

Drop-in Volleyball program for girls grades 5-8 on Tuesday evenings in the summer (joint effort by the MPA and N.R. Youth Volleyball) – free to girls, but donations received covered field usage costs.

Donations made to MPA in memory of neighbor Doug Strong who passed away on June 26, 2007.

Acquisitions/Improvements Made:

As mentioned above, a rain garden was installed at the beach to prevent erosion. Due to vandalism, we paid for the repair of the handicapped accessible porta-potty at the park

To learn more about the Martins Pond Reclamation Study Committee and the Martins Pond Association, visit our web site: www.martinspond.org.

Respectfully submitted,

Lida Jenney and Janet Nicosia

Martins Pond Committee and Association